Almost as bad as the federal deficit.

 



  1. Nincompoop says:

    Well, It`s a good start

  2. Michael says:

    Yay, let’s start wasting water again!

    • spsffan says:

      The problem is that some of us who have lived here for decades and decades, have been frugal with our water since the drought in the 1970s.

      But with most people, its like gas prices. Gas goes below $3 for a few days and they go out and buy a Chevy Suburban.

  3. Tim says:

    Hmm. Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I thought all the southern half could remain bone-dry forever hence and not make a lick of difference to the majority population (by numbers) there as they’ve long relied on raping the Colorado river and want farmers and outliers ousted anyways.

    So while everybody is under mud and San Bernadino/Big Bear is 30 ft buried in snow they’ll still be getting Enron’d. I *think* much farther upstream and a couple states over is where the precip needs to be. I don’t think there’ll be any worries on that front.

    I’m probably a good bit too far north geographically… I’m probably right derpitudinal in what people will swallow meteorogically and financially {‘those people’ should start turning their neighbors in for collecting rainwater any day now}.

    • spsffan says:

      Well, yes and no. Sure a fair amount of Southern California water (half?) comes from the Colorado River.

      But the rest, including most of the agricultural water in the Central Valley comes from snow pack in the Sierra Nevada and the Siskyou range ( Mt. Shasta area).

      Admittedly, as long as we have golf courses, rice paddies and people reproducing like rabbits, I’m not taking any 30 second showers.

      • Tim says:

        I find I have to make time for a 30 shower every couple months else the coyotes start surrounding me and vocalizing to their friends like they’ve just sussed up a dead cat.

  4. MikeN says:

    How about not giving subsidized water to rice farmers? Maybe have farmers in the state pay full price, so they grow crops more appropriate to the state?

  5. Glenn E. says:

    I remember several years back, when Texas had a really bad drought. But they never bothered to have any water use restrictions. So golf courses continued to be watered, and cars regularly washed. What hypocrites, to want the world to feel sorry for them. And do little or nothing to mitigate the problem, themselves. I can easily imagine there are plenty of H2O hogs, in California. Who refuse to restrict themselves in the slightest. But expect everyone else to. Or the federal govt, to step in and save them, when the water is all gone.

  6. dade0 says:

    Useful graphic! Good to know the Mohave is in a drought. :/

  7. Likes2LOL says:

    Into each state some rain must fall…

    • Tim says:

      Yes. Well from each state, actually —

      The principle of ice growth through vapor deposition on ice crystals at the expense of liquid water was first theorized by the German scientist Alfred Wegener in 1911 while studying hoarfrost formation. Wegener theorized that if this process happened in clouds and the crystals grew large enough to fall out, that it could be a viable precipitation mechanism.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergeron_process
      https://youtube.com/watch?v=WByQ3yKxj1s

      Collision-coalescence of teensy little liquid water drops banging together to make bigger ones?? Not so much (drizzle and somewhat in parts of hurricanes mostly).

      Incidentally, Wegener was the one first proposed plate techtonics (through mantle convective currents) which is why California will fall off into the ocean anyways.

  8. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    When does water ‘help’ a drought? Wouldn’t water ruin a drought?


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